Gary provides overall leadership for EDS. He has extensive experience in corporate governance, having been the Chairman of the Auckland Area Health Board, the Climate Change and Business Centre and the Peoples Centre Health Trust. Gary has been involved in resolving environmental issues for over four decades.
Shay has a BSc/LLB. She is a resource management lawyer with 20 years’ experience. She began her career as EDS’s first in house solicitor before working in chambers and for Brookfields Lawyers in Auckland. Shay is now EDS’s Chief Operating Officer.
Raewyn heads EDS's environmental policy work. She has over 30 years professional experience in environmental law and policy, having worked as a resource management lawyer and policy adviser to business, government and the not-for-profit sector. Raewyn has published widely on coastal, marine and other environmental issues.
Greg provides the lead on EDS's environmental system reform projects. He has practised in resource management law at a major law firm and worked as a policy analyst at the Ministry for the Environment. Greg has published, presented and taught on a range of resource management and environmental law topics.
Deidre is a lead researcher for EDS's policy projects. She was a teaching assistant for public law and legal method at Auckland University's Faculty of Law for over ten years, and worked at Child Youth and Family as part of its privacy and official information legal team. Deidre has published on indigenous rights, conservation and animal law.
Fernanda undertakes research for EDS’s policy projects including on resource management and conservation reform. Previously, Fernanda ran her own legal firm in Mexico for small to medium size businesses. Her passion for the environment led her to study and graduate with a Masters degree in environmental law from the University of Auckland and she then worked as a Senior Compliance Officer at Auckland Council.
Ben researches the legal and philosophical challenges within climate change adaptation. His PhD topic and publications focus on themes of climate change compensation and the implications of compounding climate hazards on residential property. At EDS Ben is working on a project about managed retreat in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Fiona leads EDS’s events programme. She is a professional conference and event organiser with over 25 years’ experience.
Fiona has worked for EDS for over 15 years and is responsible for EDS’s two annual conferences – the environmental summit and the Climate Change and Business Conference which EDS organises in partnership with the Sustainable Business Council.